Arsenal report: Gunners in advanced talks over Joao Felix move
Arsenal are in talks to sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid for the remainder of the season.
Felix has struggled for consistency at the Wanda Metropolitano since making a nine-figure move from Benfica in 2019. Some blame Diego Simeone’s negative tactics, although the Portuguese never really settled down.
Last night, Felix and Antoine Griezmann formed a front pair for Simeone at home against Barcelona, where Atletico lost 1-0. Now it appears this will be the last Atleti fans will see of the 23-year-old, with a January move imminent.
Los Colchoneros are reportedly interested in letting Felix go on loan this month, with inquiries from Premier League sides – and though The express (opens in new tab) have confirmed interest from Manchester United, Arsenal are also in the mix, having lost Gabriel Jesus to injury last month.
The mail (opens in new tab) claims talks are underway between the north Londoners and the Madrid side as Felix’s employers have asked for £13 million, plus extra fees, to secure the starlet for the rest of the season. The Gunners would like to bring in attacking reinforcements, but a deal that could cost up to £16 million is poor value for money.
This possible move also does not mean the end of the pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk. Shakhtar deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini has confirmed this TVfplay (opens in new tab) that: “Arsenal’s interest is there, I can’t deny it.”
This would mean the Gunners could use Felix as a center forward in their system with Mudryk as an option on either wing, giving the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli some much-needed rest, while Eddie Nketiah gets more competition up front. .
With Arsenal battling on three fronts – they go to the FA Cup against Oxford United tonight, as Manchester City wait for the winner in the fourth round of the competition – the Gunners may well need reinforcements to hold on to their title contender as they go deeper going into the Europa League. League.
Felix is appreciated by Transfer market (opens in new tab) be worth approximately €50 million.
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Could Arsenal sign an A-list to bolster title hopes? A transfer for Dusan Vlahovic, a year after the Juventus striker turned down a transfer to the Premier League, could well go ahead – while Joao Felix is unsure of a resurgent interest from Emirates.
With Gabriel Jesus out of action for a while, some say plans to land Myhailo Mudryk may be put on hold, while others argue they are fighting for him against Chelsea. Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo is also an option. Joao Felix has emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli’s contract situation is being watched by Barcelona.
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